President Obama recently undertook major efforts to mend US-Cuba relations, speaking with the President Castro and loosening US travel restrictions. This was exciting to many travelers, immigrants, and businessmen alike. Now all face the question of whether this excitement will have been in vain under president-elect Trump, who has claimed he will scale back on these new freedoms.
Obama considered this a time for progress, but was opposed by Marco Rubio and others. Some view these reconciliation efforts as undermining to the democratic values of the US, considering the ongoing corruption and injustice of the Cuban government towards its people. Trump, as a conservative, agrees with this view. The morals of US-Cuban reactions now largely depend on opinions of positive reinforcement or negative discipline, reflecting the hurtful history of US hegemony in Latin America.
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